Fathers, grandfathers and male role models of North Early Learning Center students can look forward to monthly “Morning Buzz” meetings at the campus during the 2011-2012 school year.

The “Morning Buzz” is a result of a recent gathering of males to plan male involvement activities for the campus.

Tony Moore and Estefano Cardenas, both NELC parents, served as male organizers for the planning initiative.

Special guests at the program were West Orange – Cove CISD School Board Members Andrew Hayes and Eric Mitchell.

NELC Family Services Manager Deborah Mitchell said, “Mr. Hayes spoke to the group about the importance of male involvement throughout the life of every child; while Mr. Mitchell made an appeal for male involvement during the Middle and High School years.”

Andrew Hayes, a former District superintendent, and Eric Mitchell will continue to serve as mentors in the program.

Deborah Mitchell said children benefit from positive relationships with not only their mothers, but also with their fathers. Research shows that the higher the level of father involvement, the greater the child’s well-being, social competence, and cognitive development.

“Morning Buzz” males will meet monthly to discuss supporting and encouraging their child academically; helping their child form and develop character, morals, and values; and ways to become a better father.

The next “Morning Buzz” meeting will be Tuesday Nov. 1 from 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. at the North Early Learning Center Parent Involvement Room. All males are invited to attend, even if they do not have a child enrolled in the campus.

The meetings are presented in conjunction with the North Early Learning Center Family Services Department.